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On January 14, 2013, Governor Brewer announced her proposal regarding Medicaid coverage. Details about her plan
will be released in the near future. Her recommendation will now be considered by the Legislature in the 2013
legislative session. Continue to check this page for more information.
State of the State 2013
Four Cornerstones of Reform
Recently, AHCCCS sought guidance from CMS
asking whether the State of Arizona could continue receiving federal funding to maintain coverage for
Childless Adults if Arizona extends an enrollment freeze past the scheduled expiration date
of December 31, 2013. The answer received today through federal guidance was a clear “No.” This clarification
also means that if no action is taken, 63,000 Arizonans will lose their healthcare coverage on January 1, 2014,
including an estimated 5,000 cancer patients and 2,000 Arizonans with serious mental illness. In response to
today’s federal guidance, Governor Brewer sent a letter to legislative leadership clarifying the options before
the State and laying out the clear path forward.
CMS Guidance re ACA Eligibility 4/25/13
Governor Brewer’s Letter to Legislative Leaders 4/25/13
Additional background information and interface with the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services can be found on the link below.
Background & Federal Interface
Information about the impact of Medicaid Coverage has appeared in recent media outlets.
See links below for stories:
Rally for Restoration leads to Senate Passing Plan
Arizona Senate backs Medicaid expansion 5/17/13
Medicaid-expansion decision took courage 5/17/13
Gov. Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan is sound fiscal management 5/17/13
Six Republican Senators stood tall today 5/16/13
More News Coverage stories can be found on the following link:
Myth Busters: Facts and Fiction about the Governor’s Medicaid Plan
Medicaid Coverage Plan Fact Sheet
Add Your Name to the List of Supporters
AARP Take Action website
Restoring Arizona website
Below are links with more information about the Governor’s Medicaid Plan,
including steps taken to date to mitigate reductions in the
AHCCCS program which are temporary solutions that will no longer be available after December 31, 2013.
Impact to Arizona
Impact to Childless Adults
Impact to Hospitals and Providers
Impact to Employers
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